Gallup Poll: 3 in 10 Believe Bible Literally


(Photo: Reuters / Brian Snyder) Priscilla Gammon reads along in her Bible

Modern society frequently challenges the Bible as the actual word of God. However, a recent Gallup poll reveals that three in 10 Americans interpret the Bible literally, saying it is the actual word of God to be interpreted literally, word for word.

A breakdown of the Gallup poll reveals that the majority of Americans believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, rather than the actual word of God or a book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts.

Gallup polls have tracked whether Americans take the Bible literally for the past 40 years.

The overall findings from Gallup show that the percentage of Americans taking a literal view of the Bible has declined over time, from an average of 38 percent from 1976-1984 to an average of 31 percent.

However, highly religious Americans, particularly those of Protestant faiths, still commonly believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Fifty-four percent of those who attend religious services on a weekly basis believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, which is more than twice the percentage of those who attend church less often, according to Gallup. (…)

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